Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

On Your Bike to Have a Wheely Good Tour Time View Copenhagen from Sea, Sky, Tower

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

On Your Bike to Have a Wheely Good Tour Time View Copenhagen from Sea, Sky, Tower

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WHY is it people always compare difficult tasks with riding a bike?

Who said riding was easy?

For people with no co-ordination, like me, nothing could be further from the truth.

I think Mark Twain hit the nail on the head when he said aget a bicycle a you will not regret it a if you livea.

Thankfully, the only injuries I sustained while cycling through Copenhagen in Denmark were a few bumps and bruises.

But it was not from a lack of trying to injure myself. I managed to slide down gutters, rear-end a few fellow cyclists and run into a sign post.

There is nothing like cycling through a city, especially one where about 35% of the one million or so people who inhabit the city use this two-wheeled contraption as their main form of transport.

It is by far the best way to see the city and if you practise, like I did, you can even manage to snap some photos of the sights you see along the way. Or if you are looking for a safer way to capture a Kodak moment, you can just pull off the path, but make sure to use your hand signals because I caused a three-bike pile-up when I forgot to do that.

The are about 340km of dedicated bike lanes in the city, which means just as Queen's hit song from 1978 says aI want to ride my bike a I want to ride it where I likea, you actually can.

Copenhagen, which is home to the Australia's now Danish Princess Mary, is flat which makes it ideal for cycling.

But if you are not athletic, and can't see yourself on a bike or just want to see the sights without having to drive yourself, you should take a spin in a rickshaw.

It is a bicycle taxi, similar to those you see in Asia.

The drivers can take you on a single fare or tours around the city, all for a reasonable price.

Most of the drivers I encountered were young university students working to pay their way through their courses.

Rickshaws are so much fun and, if you have a few friends with you, the men who ride them will race each other through the streets of this incredible city.

If you are looking for a bit more excitement, I would recommend a kayaking trip through the canals because it provides a different perspective of the city. …

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